Synopses are the bane of my writerly existence. I hate them with the fire of a thousand suns and several other trite phrases. However!
Recently, I came across a BRILLIANT method that boils it down to a few simple steps.
- Choose the main plot points of your story, let’s say 6-8. (I chose 7 because I have an *spoiler alert* epilogue)
- Flesh out each point to a paragraph-size (3-5 sentences).
- Adjust paragraph length accordingly until you have about a full page.
Boom! One-page synopsis DONE!!
4. Continue fleshing out each paragraph until you have a two-paged synopsis (save as) then a three-paged synopsis (save as, again).
It’s way easier to expand upon these initial 6-8 plot points than it is to reduce from 5-pages of stream-of-consciousness summarizing. Hopefully this helps you writers out there as much as it did me! While I’m still in the process of polishing mine (did I mention I despise synopses?) I feel so much better knowing I have a system prepped and ready.